Monday, April 29, 2013

Suvi the....fire walker?

Ok, not really. There was no fire in the fire pit this evening, so it was ok that Suvi decided to play in it...

We put all the fallen sticks and branches from the backyard trees in there, and apparently the best ones for chewing were buried in the bottom. Suvi had no problem diving in {there's no doubt she takes after her parents} and getting dirty. Sort of. At least her front paws.

Ramsey's not quite sure what's going on...











Sunday, March 10, 2013

MN Pit Bull Rescue Pittie Party 2013

It's time again for the Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue Pittie Party! This is the big fundraiser of the year, where we help support the rescue, through donations, silent auction bids, and ticket sales to the party itself!

This year, Chad and I are donating this dog bed, made by our friend Allison at Fab Rehab Creations:




It also comes with a top, which is great if you want to use it as an end table next to a couch, etc. It would probably fit a dog up to about 30 lbs, but be most comfortable for one 20 lbs and under. It's such a sweet little piece!

So, we're attending the Pittie Party, and likely coming home with lots of fun stuff from the silent auction. There'll also be food, drinks, and lots of fun dog people. We'd love to meet some of you, and of course, we're still looking for silent auction items. ANYTHING is fair game. Sports tickets, handmade items, art, dog-related or not, you name it!

Please feel free to contact us, or MN Pit Bull (info@mnpitbull.com) if you are interested in donating!  You can purchase tickets here, if you'd love to attend: http://www.mnpitbull.com/Pittie_Party.html


Thanks for your support!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Thursday, Suvi Sleeping



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Dog Owners

From our friends at The Daily Dog, we thought this was a great list of resolutions for dog owners!

Top 6 New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners

While dogs aren’t capable of resolving anything, December 31 is a good time to take stock of ways to help your dog become healthier and happier. Below, Dr. Trisha Joyce of New York City Veterinary Specialists offers suggestions for pet-centric resolutions.
Resolution No. 1: I will take my dog on regular walks.
“It’s a well-being issue in terms of both physical and mental health,” says Joyce. “The biggest health problem dogs have is weight-related, which is helped with exercise. When dogs are acting up, which we could think of as being related to mental health, the first line of advice behaviorists give is to make sure they get lots of exercise. If you think about it, your dog lives the life of a shut-in. It needs the stimulation of daily walks to feel content.”
Resolution No. 2: I will not feed my dog table food.
Commercial dog food is formulated to give dogs all the nutrients they require. Table scraps, however, can cause serious health problems in your pet. “Table food is the No. 1 thing contributing to weight gain in most dogs, and a lot of health issues are associated with it -- from diarrhea to pancreatitis,” explains Joyce.
Resolution No. 3: I will brush my dog’s teeth.
Inflamed and receding gums can occur if teeth are not brushed, causing your pet pain and leading to expensive medical procedures. “Dental health in dogs is generally really poor,” says Joyce. A bit of fluoride just once a week helps stave off teeth extractions or difficult cleaning procedures that require anesthesia -- which can be risky, especially for older dogs.
Resolution No. 4: I will play with my dog.
“Everybody’s so busy, but your pets still need time that’s devoted solely to them. Resolve to play five or 10 minutes a day -- tossing a ball, tugging a rope. The attention makes them feel important and loved,” says Joyce. “Making that effort benefits the owner too: You’re reminded that you have this creature that loves and depends on you.”
Resolution No. 5: I will put an end to my dog’s behavior problems.
Nothing prevents an owner from enjoying his dog like persistent behavior problems. Identify any issues -- from urinating in the house to begging for table food -- that keep you from fully appreciating your pet. Consult with a dog trainer or a training manual on how to eliminate the behavior. “It doesn’t take long to train your dog if you do it consistently. In a couple of weeks, you can train out behaviors you don’t appreciate,” says Joyce.
Resolution No. 6: I will help myself while helping my pet.
While you’re making resolutions that will benefit your dog, why not think about yourself too?
  • Guarantee your pet-related financial health by starting a pet savings fund. Stock away a little money each month in case of a pet emergency.
  • Get organized. Clean out old, dirty toys that neither you nor your dog enjoy.
  • Make sure your dog has adequate ID, either on its collar or in the form of a microchip. If your pup is regularly on the run, this will help reduce your stress levels.
  • Do a good deed: Consider taking in a foster dog. Inquire at a local shelter about good matches for your current pet.
http://www.thedailydog.com
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What do you think? Will any of these be on your list? Do you have any others you think should be added??

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - 12/12/12. As Close As Possible.

The theme of last weekend at our house was "Get As Close As Caninely Possible." It was cold and snowy, and the pups wanted to snuggle up just as badly as we did. Excuse the crummy iPhone photos. Sometimes it's all I have handy to capture these goofballs without disrupting the moment.





Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Who's Comfy? Not Momma...

This is a typical evening in our house, when Chad is gone. I'm laying on the couch watching TV, and having my personal space invaded by all three snuggle bugs. (Ok, wearing a scarf while laying on the couch is not typical, it was just so cozy I forgot to take it off....)

Suvi is sound asleep, with her nose buried in my neck, breathing puppy breath so hot I didn't even need a blanket. Pablo is sleeping in his usual downward-facing dog position (sometimes his back gets sore, so he finds a spot to prop himself up and stretch it while he sleeps).

I couldn't get Ramsey in the picture with my iphone camera and the angle at which my arm was allowed to work, but she's down by Suvi's bottom half, curled up behind my knees, snoring loud as can be.


How do your dogs sleep on casual evenings? Are they allowed on the couch? Does anyone else's dog have a fascination with having their face buried in something in order to sleep comfortably (like Suvi)??


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dad with Dogs, Melts My Heart

After a long weekend around here (we were working hard, and playing hard), Chad snuck in a little naptime with the pups this afternoon. When he got up, I took his place, and now neither of us is tired at bedtime...

These pups sure love their Dad, and he loves them....it melts my heart when I see them sleeping, snuggling, or playing together.


I think Chad was a little worried when he saw 15 of the same photo on my iphone today! haha. I was trying to get one where Ramsey didn't have demon eyes! It took a lot of tries :)

Do you have any good Dad/puppy snuggling pics?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Howl-o-ween 2012. They Hate Me.

ok, howl-o-ween is so overused. but, cute. literally the only 'celebrating' we did this year was to buy a new costume from the clearance section three days after Halloween, and shame the girls into each trying it on. they hate me now, i'm sure of it.  well, actually, i think Ramsey was feeling a bit left out when Suvi was running around the house with me following, laughing hysterically, and yelling, 'here, piggy, piggy, piggy!' - so she may have actually enjoyed the attention she got when i put it on her!

excuse the poor photos - I was trying to move quickly with my iphone, but these girls are fast :)

She has a fat head. I tried to use double-sided tape to stick it to her, which she wasn't sure about....but seriously, how cute would it be if her big floppy ears stuck out the right way??

Friday, November 9, 2012

We're BAAAAaaaack.

Oh my goodness, life has been busy. But never fear, the pups have remained the center of our universe. Unfortunately, blogging has not. That leaves a pretty big hole in what has been a pretty big adventure in our lives - moving to a new house, starting a business, etc.

But let's start with some cute dog pictures, and we'll catch you up on the details later!





Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A New House (!) Means Happy Puppies (and happy puppy parents)

So this is it, I can finally spill the big news! We closed on our new house today, and we couldn't be more excited!  We already have happy puppies, but they're about to get a whole lot happier because...